There will be no shortage of Women’s History Month programs in the Northwest Philadelphia area this March. “The Good Raised Up” will be held at the Johnson House, Germantown Avenue and Johnson Street on the Germantown–Mount Airy border, on Saturday, March 3. The program will feature women artists, including storyteller Charlotte Blake-Alston along with jazz violinist John Blake Jr.
“The Good Raised Up is an original work of ‘sung story’ at the Johnson House,” said Cornelia Swinson, director of the Johnson House. “This is about a fateful night when a community came together at the Johnson House to conceal escaped slaves from a search party seeking to return the fugitives to slavery. This is a free festival and is open to the public.
When the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia holds its 30th Annual “Preaching with Power” forum on Black Teaching and Theology, one female preacher will open the March 18–22 series, and another will close it. The Rev. Dr. Jasmin Sculark will speak at the Janes United Methodist Church, 47 Haines St. on Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m., and the Rev. Dr. Jessica Ingram will be the speaker at the Mother Bethel AME Church in Center City on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. For more information call 215-248-4616 or visit www.ltsp.edu/preachingwithpower.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Phi Beta Omega Chapter in the Northwest Philadelphia and Lower Montgomery County area will host “Soliloquy, Her Story” at Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, 610 Summit Ave. on Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Members of the chapter will showcase this production again at the Church of the Redeemer Baptist, 1440 S. 24th St. on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m.
“There will be a free will offering,” said Pat Augustus Gilbert of East Norriton, a chapter member. “Our proceeds will be donated to the Phi Beta Omega’s scholarship and other grant endeavors.”
Civil Rights Movement icon Rosa Park’s story will be among those told in the return of FreshVision Youth Theatre’s “Marching to Freedomland” which will run until Sunday, March 11. This year’s production opened on Friday, Feb. 24 and continues every weekend with Friday evening performances, March 2 and 9 at 8 p.m., Saturday evening performances, March 3 and 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees, March 3 and 10 at 3 p.m. The theater is located at 4821 Germantown Ave.
“This is a journey in America that has inspired millions of people worldwide,” said Bruce Robinson, artistic director of FreshVisions. If you’ve seen it before, relive the excitement. If you’ve never see it, please see it.” For ticket information call 267-226-7135.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. will hold their 26th Anniversary Madam C.J. Walker Awards Luncheon and Economic Development Seminar this month. It will take place at the Loews Hotel in Center City on Saturday, March 10 with the seminar at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by the noon luncheon. There is no charge for the seminar, and tickets are available for the luncheon.
Northwest Philadelphia women are among the coordinators and honorees. For more information or to obtain luncheon tickets call 215-970-7114 or visit http://nc100bw-pa.com.